Today is a day off cycling. We have spent the day having baths, walking the dogs and ….. doing up a couple of bikes that our good friend Mark, said we could have for free. Winter hacks, here we come!
My winter hack is finished. An old girl’s MTB. I took it for a test ride, up the road and back, nearly 300 yards. It changes gear, it stops and it feels fine. Fat saddle will take some getting used to, but I probably said that about the saddle on the Defy. Kenn is working on his winter bike now, it needs a new bolt and spindle to hold the cassette. Bike shop for a recce tomorrow then. Possibly new pedals too, if we can’t get the ones off one of the other ‘project’ bikes that Mark has.
Mark got these bikes, found them abandoned (handed them in to the police, they waited their allotted time and then the police gave them back to Mark), with a view to doing them up with the aid of a book about bike maintainence. He says that he has no skill in fixing bikes at all and has given up. Happily Kenn is great with this sort of thing and has had a fun day so far.
My Giant is filthy, Kenn’s Sun is not much better. They both need a hose off. We will do that tomorrow. I am not sure that the cycle to Church and back, along the Marriotts Way – the un-paved bit – was such a brilliant idea on road bikes. Poor things are not built for cycling through mud with.
This week, we have covered a mere 14 miles so far, which is fine and dandy as far as we are concerned as next week, our mileage is going to ramp up again. We are fitter now, it will be fine. (she says, fingers crossed and feeling the burn already)
Miles this week: 14
Miles to date: 837.74
Miles to go: 162.26
Max speed: 19.12
Ave speed: 12.02
Feelings: Fine, the dry weather is helpful.